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Posted at 05:43 AM ET, 02/25/2010

Olympic roundup: U.S. advances; Russia falls

Some morning links:

*Alex Ovechkin: "The will be a lot of dirt poured on us from the media and from people who don't know anything about hockey. But to the people who support and love us, I would like to say that we tried our best." ( Heavy Medal )

*Tracee Hamilton on Canada taking its game back: "You could feel the collective exhale of an entire nation (someone had garlic for lunch). Even the guy with the 'Hockey is Canada's Game' sign finally sat down, much to the relief of the rest of the fans, who know that, for Pete's sake."

*One goal is enough as Team USA beats Switzerland.

*Team USA plays Finland next, who took down the Czech Republic, 2-0. Meanwhile, defending champ Sweden fell to Slovakia, meaning all the Caps' Olympians are now done.

*Wilson takes a good shot. ( Heavy Medal )

*Photo galleries: Switzerland-USA | Canada-Russia

*Zach Parise talks about the USA's win:

*Ovechkin, shift by shift vs. Canada ( )

*Ovechkin on the loss. ( Japers' Rink )

*Mike Milbury uses the word "Eurotrash" to describe the Russians' playing style. World does a spit take. ( Puck Daddy )

*Canada's statement win. ( ESPN )

*Michael Farber on Zach Parise: "His personality is as vanilla as his game is a blend of 39 flavors." ( SI )

Caps roundup

*The Caps are back at practice after using the Olympic break to get healthy (and watch hockey).

*Ted recommends this story on Ovie. ( Ted's Take )

*Not Caps-related, but D.C. hockey-related, and sad: Fort Dupont could close.

*More on the Caps' practice. ( Ed Frankovic )

By  |  05:43 AM ET, 02/25/2010

Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann

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